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Our Current Exhibits

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.

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January 17th

We're starting a new year of Studio Saturdays this weekend! This year's theme is "Art Works", an opportunity to learn about the many jobs that use art. January kicks us off with Fashion Design. Stop in Saturday at The Kemp any time between 10 and noon. As always, Studio Saturday is FREE to the public! #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #artworks #studiosaturday ... See MoreSee Less

January 16th

We want to give a big 👏🏻 SHOUT OUT 👏🏻 to the wonderful Wichita Falls ISD students that helped us get our #Karnevale2020 programs ready today! They have been incredibly helpful on several other projects and we enjoy having them join us.

#forum #kemp #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #wfisd
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Kemp Center for the Arts is attending an event at Wichita Falls MPEC.
Kemp Center for the Arts

January 11th

It’s Bridal Season and we are so excited to be at the Texomashomepage.com - KFDX, KJTL Bridal Market today at MPEC! If you’re out and about today and planning an upcoming wedding, stop by and see us. We have two beautiful historic buildings and we would love to be a part of your wedding day! ... See MoreSee Less

January 17th

We're starting a new year of Studio Saturdays this weekend! This year's theme is "Art Works", an opportunity to learn about the many jobs that use art. January kicks us off with Fashion Design. Stop in Saturday at The Kemp any time between 10 and noon. As always, Studio Saturday is FREE to the public! #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation #artworks #studiosaturday ... See MoreSee Less

January 16th

We want to give a big 👏🏻 SHOUT OUT 👏🏻 to the wonderful Wichita Falls ISD students that helped us get our #Karnevale2020 programs ready today! They have been incredibly helpful on several other projects and we enjoy having them join us.

#forum #kemp #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #artseducation
... See MoreSee Less

The Forum Wichita Falls is attending an event at Wichita Falls MPEC.
The Forum Wichita Falls

January 11th

It’s Bridal Season and we are so excited to be at the Texomashomepage.com - KFDX, KJTL Bridal Market today at MPEC! If you’re out and about today and planning an upcoming wedding, stop by and see us. We have two beautiful historic buildings and we would love to be a part of your wedding day! ... See MoreSee Less

December 25th

Teacher Spotlight: Happy Birthday to Virtual Tour Host, Nicholas Quallich! Nick helped lead our Region 9 interactive online tours, utilizing his top-notch journalism skills. He recently moved from his job at KFDX News to KXNews in Bismarck, ND. We miss him!

Thank you, Nick! #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #cowboytrue #artsalive @NicholasQuallichTV
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December 24th

Wishing all a merry Christmas and peaceful holiday season ⠀⠀

#cowboytrue #artsalive #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart https://ift.tt/2t2WEEQ
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November 28th

The Arts Council wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hopes we each have many happy reasons to give thanks this season. ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artsalive #cowboytrue #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation https://ift.tt/2XSKI3N ... See MoreSee Less

November 27th

Tickets are here! Home and Garden tickets are available at advance sale discount prices. Plus, this year each ticket includes a coupon for a free dessert at FoxHill Restaurant! Get your tickets early and you can start enjoying them now, then save on the gate price for the show in February. ⠀⠀

See our website for participating selling Member Organizations or stop by The Kemp.

ArtsCouncilWF.org/home-garden ⠀⠀

#artsalive #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart https://ift.tt/2rzEmtL
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December 25th

Teacher Spotlight: Happy Birthday to Virtual Tour Host, Nicholas Quallich! Nick helped lead our Region 9 interactive online tours, utilizing his top-notch journalism skills. He recently moved from his job at KFDX News to KXNews in Bismarck, ND. We miss him! Thank you, Nick!

#kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation #cowboytrue #artsalive Nicholas Quallich-TV
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December 24th

Wishing all a merry Christmas and peaceful holiday season ⠀⠀

#cowboytrue #artsalive #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart
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December 19th

Congratulations to all the artists accepted in the first round of jurying! Don’t forget, FINAL ROUND deadline is January 31! ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True #cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts ... See MoreSee Less

December 5th

Don’t miss out on your opportunity! Deadline for the first round of jurying for Cowboy True is next Friday, December 13. You can get application information on our Cowboy True page or call The Forum at 940-766-3347 ・・・ ArtsCouncilWF.org/Cowboy-True ・・・ #cowboytrue #kemp #forum #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallsart #cowboyarts #traditionalcowboyarts ... See MoreSee Less

November 28th

The Arts Council wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hopes we each have many happy reasons to give thanks this season. ⠀⠀ #kemp #forum #artsalive #cowboytrue #artscouncilwf #wichitafalls #wichitafallstx #wichitafallsart #artseducation ... See MoreSee Less